Communications Associate

Job Locations
US-LA-New Orleans
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
New Orleans


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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Position Summary

The Communications Associate acts as the team coordinator for the Communications Committee of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition. This person will play a key role in building awareness and support both in Louisiana and nationwide for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation, as well as in collaboration with regional partners Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.


They will support a variety of communications projects through regular reporting on team deliverables, monitoring coverage in the media and other channels, as well as facilitating effective team workflow and operations. The Communications Associate should also possess a strength for multiplatform storytelling and will help develop a wide range of campaign materials across web and print, as well as manage and maintain the coalition-branded blog as well as various other programs.


While the Communications Associate will be an employee of the National Audubon Society, subject to all its human resource policies and benefits, they will have a majority-reporting role to the joint campaign’s Communications Committee and help support all of its member organizations.


An active pursuit of racial equity is a moral and strategic imperative for Audubon. We are committed to becoming a workplace in which every employee feels valued, seen, and heard, and in which everyone has the opportunity to grow, thrive, and live their values. We know that a more diverse Audubon allows us to be more equitable and inclusive in how and where we work.

Essential Functions

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communications work plans supporting Mississippi River Delta restoration goals.
  • Create a wide range of communications materials for distribution across various platforms and diverse audiences to build support for Coalition priorities, leveraging graphic design expertise where necessary.
  • Engage with and tell the stories of a representative and broad set of communities.
  • Manage content on the campaign website, blog and social media properties; working with campaign staff to design, create, edit, and regularly update multimedia pages on the site.
  • Manage Communications Committee functions, including project tracking, weekly meeting agendas and follow-up and team reporting.
  • Distribute strategic communications to key media contacts as well as Coalition email subscribers.
  • Monitor the media, web news sources, and social media for news stories and features relating to the campaign, compiling news clips to inform campaign staff, building reports of campaign coverage, and identifying opportunities for media outreach and communications strategies
  • Oversee media tracking and measurement aspects of communications plans
  • Preparing materials for the press and assist communications staff with pitching to reporters, editors, and producers
  • Assist senior communications staff with coordination, execution and documentation of media events.
  • Facilitate the timely coordination of communications among key collaborative partners and help track progress towards key deliverables under the work plan, including tracking and coordinating budget expenditures with senior communications staff
  • Support senior communications staff as needed in achieving strategic team and coalition goals.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; strongly preferred in communications, journalism, marketing or other related field.
  • 3+ years’ experience in public relations, journalism or other communications or marketing-related field, with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Experience in project management and coordination required.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills, attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Experience in developing engaging print and online communications materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Must write quickly and well under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to many audiences.
  • Proactive, self-starter able to get things accomplished with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong proficiency in a wide range of digital platforms and programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Engaging Networks or similar email management system.
  • Nice to have: Photography, sound and video recording and editing capabilities; experience in the nonprofit sector on issues related to conservation; knowledge of Louisiana and its people/geography/history/environment.
  • Must be willing to travel, as well as commit to some evening and weekend work as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license required.


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